The roof is one of the most important components of your house. It represents a huge investment. Before you decide to replace it, you should consider several factors.
Do You Need to?
The number one question you should be asking yourself is if you actually need a roof replacement. Just because there is discoloration from algae or a little moss doesn’t mean you need a new shingle roof.
Check for the following signs before you replace your roof:
- Leaking attic or ice buildup means imminent replacement is necessary.
- Cracked, curled or missing shingles.
- Stains, mold or mildew development on the interior walls or ceiling.
- Granule loss- a lot of granules in your gutters means that your shingles have lost their water resistance and need to be replaced.
- Age – if your fiberglass-asphalt shingle roof is two decades old, you probably need a replacement, even if you can’t see obvious signs of damage.
It is a good idea to regularly inspect your roof, especially if you live in an area with adverse weather. Don’t climb up your roof to inspect it. Use binoculars while safely on the ground to check the condition of the roof. You could always call an experienced contractor to do the inspection for you.
DIY or Hire a Contractor?
Replacing an entire roof is not an easy job. A properly installed roof is part of a cohesive system with many interdependent components that work together to shield your home from damage by water and other elements. Hiring an experienced contractor with a skilled team is always the better option to make sure proper installation is done.
How Long Will It Take?
Roof replacements will take some time and effort. The total amount of time it will take to do the whole job will be dependent on several factors from the size of your roof to the number of people working on the roof. It is important not to leave the roof unprotected for any length of time, so you should plan for at least several uninterrupted days in a row to work on the job.
Strip Away the Old Roof
Building codes allow you to have two layers of asphalt shingles on your roof, so if there is only one layer in place, you can have a new one installed over it. This may save you some dollars and a fair bit of mess. It is, however, advisable that you strip away your old roof before laying on a new one. Completely removing your old roof allows the roofer to check for rot, water damage or insect infestation underneath. This allows them to repair any damage before installing the new shingles.
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